After the successful completion of Phase One covering the 264 km long freight line operated by Etihad Rail between the gas fields at Shah and Habshan and the port and industrial city Ruwais in Abu Dhabi, Vossloh was also able to win the contract for the supply of turnouts and rail fasteners for Stage Two of the new railway construction project. The customer is a joint venture of China State Construction Engineering Corp. and South Korea’s SK Engineering & Construction.
Stage Two will extend 605 km from Ghuweifat on the border with Saudi Arabia to Fujairah on the east coast of the United Arab Emirates. Because of its dimension, the standard gauge and mainly double-track network will be constructed in five phases. Contracts for mainline civil and track packages will be awarded in geographical alignment with the emirates involved.
The first stage of the second phase of expansion (Package 2A) will link Ruwais with Ghuweifat at the border between the United Arab Emirates and Saudi-Arabia. Until end of October 2020, Vossloh will supply a total of 38 turnouts and 495,000 sleeper sets of the rail fastening system W 30 HH for this 139 km long new stretch. For the project, the specifications of the future integrated Etihad Rail network with mixed-use traffic have already been taken into account. The line is rated for a max. load of 32.5 tonnes and speeds of up to 160 km in freight traffic and up to 200 km in passenger traffic so the desired cross-border interoperability will be ensured.
After the completion of all stages, the volume of goods transported across the network will increase from currently seven million tonnes to more than fifty million tonnes per year.